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Leishmaniasis in Pakistan

05 Dec 2012

Between 01 January and 11 November 2012, 766 cases of leishmaniasis were reported in Pakistan, this compares with 298 cases reported during the same period in 2011. During the past week, 29 new cases have been reported, which brings the total number of cases to 794 so far in 2012.

Advice for Travellers

Leishmaniasis is endemic in Pakistan and is spread by the bite of an infected sandfly. Travellers should take steps to avoid sandfly bites by the use of repellents, clothing, nets etc. Sandflies fly low and bite mainly from dusk to dawn; particular care should be taken to protect ankles and legs when out of doors in the evening.